Evolution Theory of the Hunter


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In a world of dungeons and monsters you can become strong if you merely have enough money.

Rare skillbooks that can magically upgrade your skills in an instant are sold at exorbitant prices. So only the privileged and rich are able to buy their way to become hunters – a much revered occupation that allows one to enter dungeons and hunt monsters.

Our MC is a porter, a sort of caddie for hunters. He dreams of one day becoming a hunter when he comes into possession of a skillbook.

But the skill is a level 0. Something unheard of. No one wants it. People laugh at it. But he learns the skill – only to find that it may be the most amazing one yet.

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SinCity rated it
May 5, 2016
Status: --
A good story with a realistic MC, the plot is interesting. Although it’s still too early to properly review it, but I like the novel.
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February 6, 2019
Status: c97
Dropped at ch 97

Friendship tag was something not yet shown yet. Money grubber was clearly stated even in the prologue but you really can't compare it to other novels with money grubber MC like LMS or ESP. Density of a Japanese beta MC is clearly present. A little clever at the start but became an idiot along the way. Heck, I don't understand what is pushing him to try harder. Why does he need money? Where is his family? What happened before he became a porter? It's either the translation... more>> hasn't gotten to that point yet or I'm just not seeing something what the author is trying to show me.

Focuses too much on the MC like all other characters are there just to aid him in either giving (becoming) loot or making him stronger. The only thing that made it good at the start was how the translation was done. But, when you hit ch 78, it becomes totally cancer for brains.

If you just want something to pass the time, this is good enough but don't expect anything worthwhile. Heck, even the the previous translator dropped this. (Don't know if RL matters or just got bored with it) <<less
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DriftingCloud rated it
December 28, 2016
Status: c101
A very interesting concept mixing many genres together. The MC is basically a good guy that unfortunately lives in a time of chaos and death where his only way to succeed is to risk his life everyday to make a living. By carrying the spoils of the rich as they treat him as a pack animal, he learns the value of money and what power can make people do. The intro is relevant to the beginning story but changes into something more interesting as the story progresses. This is where... more>> elements of upgrading, game mechanics, and world exploration as well as human conflict come into play. There are some flaws such as below quality depth to some characters (specifically the male support members) and lack or goal for the MC. Why is he still fighting if he has more than enough money to live comfortably and enough strength for the rest of his life? As well as some missed opportunities for plot development (what ever happened to that rich kid with the Athena bow, no resolution with

the hunter that tried to rape the porter

and no explanation as to why the other members of the team follow the MC (I get that they should recognize they get stronger with him around but literally no one but the Magician said anything related to this and even then the MC has no clue what he was talking about.

That being said this is an interesting story that quickly veered off the standard path I thought it was going to take. MC is slightly OP (has a whole new system due to using level 0 skill) but more importantly uses his skills wisely and is actively proactive in keeping himself and his team alive (a rare quality in MC's these days). <<less
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Attolis rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c46
This is one of my favorite novels at the moment! It's definitely worth a read! The setting isn't really new, it's a "gamelike real life" type of setting but it's quite well executed. The MC is rather smart instead of a hot-headed idiot (though he seems to be kind of dense, so that's a small minus). If this doesn't turn out to be a harem it might be one of the best novels I've read in the genre. The translators have also done a good job with it so there's... more>> nothing to complain about there. <<less
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babywolf rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c44
Story is quite good, not too fast not too slow neither, the MC uses his brain and quite patient person, he is a commoner who due to a skill he got got the chance to try being a hunter with a lot of potential, he is one of those OP MC that needs to train hard to get strong, well its a good story.
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Gantz rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c45
The protagonist is weak and poor, but dreams big. He happens to have some twist and turns and despite being a bit greedy for quick cash, his plan is foiled thankfully. The outcome is the unfolding story of a college grads rise to power, but he like many other heroes is oblivious to the advances of the opposite s*x. Sigh.

Overall the story flows well and you can't help but want more as the story progresses. If you like dungeon battles with an underdog's rise to OPness then give this a... more>> try. <<less
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Hayate rated it
May 20, 2016
Status: --
Starts a bit slow, but as soon as he learn that skill every chapter is an enjoyable read.
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Imray rated it
May 5, 2016
Status: --
I like it. At first I was unimpressed considering the number of dungeon based novels but I like this one alot, it starts flow but at this point (28) I cant wait for the next release. A poor MC in a world where the rich and strong oppress the weak through a chance encounter recieves a seemingly useless skillbook, but as you will soon discover the pitiful rank 0 is more than it seems
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zenla rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
So I read chinese take on monster invasion in modern world. There was some japanese view on it too.

Now I read Korean take on this topic. Let s see...

Monsters and dungeons showed up and started killing. You are wrong if you think this story is classical survival genre though. Because story is set decades after inital catastrophe.

Dungeons became a source for income but... only for the rich. Since only the rich can afford proper equipment for dungeoning. But of course the world does not have only heroes. There are... more>> also so called porters whose job is to pick up loot and praise rich idiots. Our MC is such underpaid and underappreciated minion for rich sons. But then again... who wants to remain mere minion forever. The story from zero to top hunter begins when huge monster appear before him outside dungeon. let s earn money! <<less
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firespier rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
Quite an interesting story.

The MC isnt quite a faceroller type but uses his head, also hels that to a certain extent he reminds me of Weed from LMS
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Custardmouse rated it
May 23, 2019
Status: c162
Great world building in this sci-fi story and a big cast of memorable characters.
A long ride to an OP MC, but the pacing and tension in that respect is excellent, no matter how overwhelmingly strong the MC seems there are always situations that require quick thinking and creativity to escape, and there are always competitors that have their own way of breaking the system.
All the Korean serial sci-fi tropes are here, but for the most part, the quality execution of this story keeps them fresh.
Occasional editing fails... more>> break scenes into nonsense and small grammar issues in a translation that shows good comprehension of English in most circumstances detract from the story. It feels like someone who knows better not taking enough time to be clean than someone who is working hard at a second language making ignorant mistakes. I'm exempting the most recent chapters from this complaint, the translators are in service and doing great for the limited amount of time they have.

The MC in this story feels very much like a clone of Grid from Overgeared but with less romance, no charm, and no growth as a person in a society. The guy generally sticks it to the bad guys like an action hero and has a rogue's wit, so he isn't intolerable, but the constant greed-fest of rip-offs and loot stealing from allies, tax evasion, and a sweatshop leadership mentality gets more frustrating over time. The MCs 24/7 work ethic and the author's drive to stick to 85% action %15 LitRPG resource management just doesn't leave the MC time to evolve interpersonal relationships, so it's kind of amazing that so many of the side characters get such vivid (albeit one dimensional) personalities.

A very good story that will keep you coming back. Give it a try. <<less
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Alztec24 rated it
March 23, 2019
Status: c160
Another of my personal favorites. As with most Korean novels, you can expect a slow start with good development starting about 80 chapters in. For those who have not read yet, feel free to do so, but understand that you will not be able to finish the series in English for at least 2.5 to 3 more years, as current author and editor have been recently drafted.

Definitely cursed, all translators have had to stop translating due to military service requirements. Good luck Kyle, hope you get stationed well (supply regiments... more>> are amazing so cross your fingers).

If you can read Korean this series is absolutely amazing, I love the progression past chapter 190 and the plot definitely change in a way that you can't really expect (no I will not spoil) <<less
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August 7, 2018
Status: c102
Eh, this story is decent enough for what it is; a power wank. Just turn off your mind and don't think too hard about it, and it'll bring you enjoyment.
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ReadsWebNovels rated it
September 15, 2017
Status: c82
This is a 4 up until ch 78, at which point the translator changes and the translation quality takes a nosedive. It goes from passable english quality to the quality of a chinese student's first attempt at translation. It's honestly difficulty for me to read, though I'll give it a bit longer to see if the translation quality improves.

If you're looking for a time sink, this one's above average until the translator changes. It's pretty typical for the genre, and avoids relying overly on game elements (The MC's the only... more>> one who gets a display and everyone else's abilities are mostly equipment reliant.) <<less
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icarusburnt rated it
October 11, 2016
Status: v1c102
Really good story, a bit different from other novels that depend on RPG tropes, instead of levels the hunters depend on their equipment level to fight it out.


the MC however does have cheats that make him have level up type powers

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KageMugen rated it
June 15, 2016
Status: c67
I give it 5 stars, because I feel it deserves more than 4.4 stars rating at which it is now.

The most criticism the MC receives in the reviews is that ... more>>

he doesn't get involved with any of the supporting female characters and he plays stupid when confronted with their innuendos

which I think is just a harem loving mentality of readers which makes them giving it a lower score. Work in itself is quite interesting and the idea is quite well incorporated. The story pace is reasonably fast. There could be more backstory besides the MC, but it's not necessary and would probably even get more complaints from the give me fights crowds. All in all, it is an enjoyable read. <<less
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primuscovenant rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: v1c24
The first 10 chapters is like background info and building the plot (it was kinda boring), but it gets more interesting after that. Well, it is similar to LMS and apocalypse type novels like GDW.
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didilung rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: --
@chapter 36. The story is RPG like but in real world with dungeon thing. MC is leveling up quite fast, so no boring part. Overall the story and the world related to it connected just fine. Translation work is good too.
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Ari rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
As of Chapter 30

I read a lot, western, eastern, all genres – reading too many books and an active imagination means I am usually not surprised/satisfied by what is happening in a story as its the same usual trope some writers don’t even make effort but this writer seems to be different, I love the twist and the planning he did with scenarios and resulting rewards
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reddir rated it
February 7, 2019
Status: c77
I am really liking this story, and the translation has been pretty good (great at the start, less so in the past 10-20 chapters).

My first attempt stopped after chapter 3 or so (with the "rape-upcoming" flag) - it seemed to just another bullying and social nastiness novel.

I recently came back to it and have been flying through the chapters!

... more>> It is NOT a bullying or rapetastic novel in any way. The MC is reasonable and has good success and the readers don't have to look at constant powerlessness and bullying.

The story has been pretty good so far, it moves at a quick pace and the changes come too fast to get bored with any 1 aspect. <<less
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